“I spent two years defending Obamacare … I have now learned that I was wrong.”

Meet Sue Klinkhamer.

She worked in the office of Representative Bill Foster, a Democrat from Illinois. Her boss voted for Obamacare and she was a proud defender of Obamacare, too.

klinkhamer2“I spent two years defending Obamacare. I had constituents scream at me, spit at me and call me names that I can’t put in print. The congressman was not re-elected in 2010 mainly because of the anti-Obamacare anger. When the congressman was not re-elected, I also (along with the rest of our staff) lost my job. I was upset that because of the health care issue, I didn’t have a job anymore but still defended Obamacare because it would make health care available to everyone at, what I assumed, would be an affordable price.”

First, a quick point on civility. Whether it’s Customer Service for Verizon or a staffer working for an elective official, we must treat everyone with Christian dignity and respect. So, I’m sorry that Sue had people spit at her or call her names.

But Sue isn’t defending Obamacare anymore. She noted that President Obama had promised many times: “If you like your health plan, you will keep it.”

She now knows the truth. She admitted: “I have now learned that I was wrong. Very wrong.”

When voters fired her boss in the 2010 elections, she had to get another job and that meant she had to shop for health care, too. Three years ago, she got a plan that cost $225 a month with a $2,500 deductible. But then her health care company sent a letter a few weeks ago.

“Blue Cross,” she said, “stated my current coverage would expire on Dec. 31, and here are my options: I can have a plan with similar benefits for $647.12 [or] I can have a plan with similar [but higher] pricing for $322.32 but with a $6,500 deductible.”

She went on, “Blue Cross also tells me that if I don’t pick one of the options, they will just assume I want the one for $647. … Someone please tell me why my premium in January will be $356 more than in December?” …

“And I was excited that previously uninsured people could now get insurance on the open market. But this is not affordable to me.”

You can argue facts and figures all day long. You can mention that 500,000 Californians will lose their current healthcare insurance plans. And you can often get into a shouting match about this fact and that fact.

Sometimes it’s better to simply tell a story that brings the policy fight to life.

And while I doubt I’ll agree with her 100%, Sue Klinkhamer has a story to tell.

Obamacare is driving up the cost of health care for millions of Americans, including people like Sue Klinkhamer who were working full-time to get this horrible legislation passed.


Categories:Health Care Politics

  • cayla

    My late mother-in-law had colon cancer and no insurance. There were already government programs in place for the seriously ill. Most, if not all states, have free or low cost programs for children and pregnant women. Most states also have in place income based clinics on sliding scales where the poor could obtain medical care. This was nothing more than the biggest power grab in the history of the planet. Now that the government has a vested interest in your health, can anybody name one aspect of your life that they do not have a direct vested interest in controlling? Jesus commanded that we give to Caesar that which is Caesars and give to God that which is Gods. Caring for the poor is a commandment from God, he never meant for the Government to do it, he left it to us, the people in his church to open our hearts and it is our responsibility as Christians to aid these people. The government needs to stay out of this.

  • Eugenia

    Yet she will continue to support the same people who brought this scourge onto the American people because Democrats never really learn to put two and two together.

  • Kathy

    I don’t feel a bit sorry for her. Her chickens are coming home to roost.

    • Dianne

      Bless you Paul. We must keep our eyes fixed on The Risen One.

    • Garry

      We tried so hard to tell all you liberals …but you didnt listen. Reap what you have sown.

  • Paul

    Sometimes the most Christian thing we can do is let someone fall and then help pick them up after they’ve gotten hurt. We can try and work hard to show these people that this nonsensical law and the associated HHS mandate are NOT the way to help those in need, but they will continue to goose-step to a party line drum. The best thing we can do is take a page from our own beloved Holy Mother Church. When this blows up and society faces a healthcare collapse because of this legislative boondoggle, we should step up to pick up the pieces.

    Rome fell and the Church remained.
    The Holy Roman Empire fell and the Church remained.
    The Ottoman Empire fell and the Church remained.
    The Nazis, the Soviets, and the Communist Chinese rose to power and some of those have fallen, and yet the Church remained. Always to pick up the pieces. That’s what we have to do here.

  • Gail Finke

    So to get similar coverage, but with higher copays and a big deductible, she gets to pay almost $1,200 more?? We all wish that everyone could get affordable health insurance. But it was NEVER possible that insurance would be cheaper for everyone who already have it, once the government mandated much more comprehensive insurance become the norm. Anyone who thought so was living in a dream world. The question is, is anyone’s insurance any cheaper? And if so, how many people?

  • RJChavez

    She needs to get on board with the idea that SHE and millions of others are OBLIGATED to pay for the health care of others under this bill, and if she can’t afford it, that’s just too darn bad.


    Your Altruistic Overlords



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